Welcome to my Blog!

I'm so glad that you stopped by to check out my blog. Here you will find updates about my life as a wife, mama, worship leader, and photographer. I specialize in children and family photography as well as weddings, but I love to capture all special moments and the beauty of all creation! I am so blessed and it is my prayer to honor our Creator through all that I do!

Contact me by email: laurenvia@gmail.com!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It will get better...

Obviously, the look of my blog has changed... and to be honest I'm not thrilled with the new look. I'm hoping to find time in the next few days to work on the look of the blog. So, for now it has to look like this... but be patient, change is on the way!


Monday, January 28, 2008

oh... that Declan!

Saturday afternoon, our lovely son decided that he was not going to take his afternoon nap. No real surprise there... as this has become a habit over the past week or so. However, we did leave him in his room alone to prove the point that it WAS Nap-time! The surprise came after we couldn't take his whining any longer and went in to check on him. We discovered that Declan decided it would be a better way to spend his time if he was to undress himself completely, do a LOT of "business" in his diaper, take his diaper off and roll around in said "business." To save anyone else from witnessing the "horror" I obviously didn't take any pictures of this nap-time disaster! However, at dinner, Declan was so exhausted from his choice not to sleep that he literally drank his milk while COMPLETELY ASLEEP!!! I never knew such a thing could be possible... but apparently ANYTHING is possible with MR. Declan!
I had to grab my camera and take a few photos of our silly little man! Jimmy took some video as well... maybe he'll put it on his website!

Here's a photo... enjoy!

More Work in the "digital darkroom"

the namesake idea was Jimmy's... i just attempted to create it!

this one is supposed to look like an old photo... its not quite what i was hoping for... but i'm still learning.... as always!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

More from Declan's Party!

My Mom and Dad... Declan's Nana and Pops... sent me their pictures from Declan's party. Here are some of the pictures they took!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Learning my way around the "digital darkroom."

For those of us who take digital photographs, there is an inability to use darkroom techniques to edit, enhance, or stylize photos. However, we are so fortunate to have Photoshop as our "digital darkroom." Photoshop allows us to go above and beyond the possibilities that lie in the traditional darkroom. Jimmy gave me a great manual/textbook that has helped (along with some internet searching) me learn to use Photoshop to edit, enhance and create artistic versions of my photos. Here's some of the recent work I've been doing in Photoshop.

the quality of these first two is not as good because i took them several years ago on film and scanned them into the computer... but i was trying to learn how to make the best out of such a situation... and i really liked the original photos themselves...

city square/outdoor cafe... Madrid, Spain

"In Need"... Managua, Nicaragua

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Declan!

Declan turned 1 year old on Sunday, January 20!!! We celebrated here in Radford with a party on Saturday! It was tons of fun! Because I was so busy doing a million things and trying to keep up with my very active little boy, I was unable to get a ton of good photos. Here are the few that I was able to take. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.... if anyone has any good photos... especially of Declan eating his cake or of the party decorations I'd love it if you would please send them to me!!! Thanks so much! :O)

Here are a few pictures our good friend Tim t0ok while Declan was opening his presents... I was unable to take any photos at this time... so thanks Tim for helping out!

We decided to make a photo scrapbook for Declan's first party, so all the guests had their picture taken, and then decorated a page in the scrapbook. We'll put all the pictures in on the corresponding pages of the book... so Declan can look back and see all the people who love him and shared his special day with him. These are the photos of all of Declan's guests!